Multiple cerebral gaseous emboli in an infant with fulminant necrotising enterocolitis
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital, London, UK
- Correspondence to Alan M Groves,
An ex-preterm infant collapsed acutely with abdominal distension, bradycardia and desaturation. Urgent echocardiogram to exclude pericardial tamponade revealed multiple, highly echogenic, foci in all four, but particularly the right-sided, cardiac chambers (video 1). Cranial ultrasound revealed multiple echogenic foci throughout the cerebral arterial vasculature, following paths of the anterior cerebral and pericallosal arteries (video 2).